Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

February 2001


  • Fiddle player Susan Conger is February 9 Song & Story Swap guest
  • Along the River CD release party
  • 2nd Sunday Coffeehouse
  • Pioneer Valley entertainment guides on the web
  • Calendar

Fiddle player Susan Conger is February Song & Story Swap guest

Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the February Pioneer Valley Folklore Society SONG & STORY SWAP.

Friday, February 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.

Our guest artist this month is Susan Conger, talented and indefatigable fiddle player and member of the contra dance bands, Soozarama, Three Good Reasons and Spare Parts.  In 1999 she edited and published Along the River, a collection of dance tunes written in the last 25 years by musicians from the Connecticut River Valley.  Her most recent project, newly released, is the Along the River CD, which features 8 Valley musicians and 28 tunes from the book.

The Song & Story Swap is an event where people of all ages gather to share stories and songs that may be traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, play an instrument or request a song or story.  Listeners are welcome, too.  Admission is free, with donations accepted.

The warm-up theme for the month is Sweethearts.

The PVFS Song & Story Swap happens the 2ND FRIDAY of every month.  For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-253-9484 or Jeff Lee, (413)-256-0433 or visit

Along the River CD release party

Speaking of Susan Conger's Along the River Companion CD, there will be a CD Release Party and contra dance tomorrow night, February 4, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Montague Center Grange.  Providing music along with Susan will be an impressive ensemble -- Susie Secco, Timm Triplett, Van Kaynor, David Cantieni, Bill Tomczak, and George Reynolds, with David Kaynor calling.  For information call (413)-367-9269. 

Second Sunday Coffeehouse series in Shelburne Falls

A new monthly series of music events, the Second Sunday Coffeehouse, has recently debuted in Shelburne Falls.  Held each 2nd Sunday at the Art Bank, the events begin at 6 p.m. with an open mic, followed by a featured performer.  Gideon Freudmann's CelloBop is scheduled for February 11.  See their web site at or call (413)-625-2580 for details.

Pioneer Valley entertainment guides on the web

You'll find links to the Second Sunday Coffeehouse schedule and more than twenty other regional music, arts and entertainment calendars at the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society website.  Click on Area Events at


PVFS and Friends Upcoming Event Calendar

  • Feb. 4 - Along the River CD Release Party.  Montague Center Grange, Montague, MA.  7:00pm.  413-367-9269.
  • Feb. 9 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guest Susan Conger.  Black Sheep Cafe. Amherst, MA.  7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Feb. 10 - Marge Bruchac, Native American traditional songs and stories.  St. Mary's Church, Northampton, MA.  2:00 p.m.  413-587-1013.
  • Feb. 10 - Pat Humphries.  U'n'I Coffeehouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield, MA. 8:00pm.  413-562-3990.
  • Feb. 11 - Gideon Freudmann.  2nd Sunday Coffeehouse.  Art Bank, 22 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.  6:00pm.  413-625-2580.
  • Feb. 24 - Dagen Julty, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.  at Bob Blue's, 170 E. Hadley Rd., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm. 413-256-8784.
  • Mar. 2 - Abdul Baki.  Montague Bookmill, Montague, MA.  8:00pm.  413-367-9206.
  • Mar. 9 - PVFS Song & Story Swap.  Guest TBA.  Black Sheep Cafe. Amherst, MA.  7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Mar. 10 - Gordon Bok and Carol Rohl.  U'n'I Coffeehouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield, MA. 8:00pm.  413-562-3990.

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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, Amherst, Mass.
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February 3, 2000